The Pavilion

Our jazz nights at the Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club are held on the second Wednesday of each month. It’s a perfect venue, with a bar that is just the right size with good seating, a great atmosphere, a nice view, a large car park, disabled access, and of course a licensed bar with guest real ales! Since we started holding our monthly jazz nights in March 2011, Guildford Jazz has established itself as a popular club on the British jazz circuit – here are a few of the guests we’ve had the pleasure of inviting.

You can find the address and directions here, or please contact us if you need help. If you haven’t been before, please email us at if you’d like any more information.

The gigs start at 8pm, and the doors open at 7.30pm. Ticket prices for each event are below – they’re cheapest if you reserve in advance – just email , telling us the number of tickets you’d like, and pay cash on the door when you arrive. If you want to pay in advance we have an online booking website (links under each event below), but please not that they charge a 10% booking fee.

New for 2018 – “Bring a Friend for a Fiver”! The perfect way to introduce your friends and neighbours to the joys of a jazz – just bring along a guest who hasn’t been before and we’ll give them a ticket for £5. Just let us know you’re bringing a guest when booking.

Coming up…

February 14th – Jim Mullen and Zoe Francis

March 14th – Dave Lewis Quartet

April 11th – Martin Shaw & Mark Nightingale Quintet





Lightly swinging through the standard repertoire, vocalist Zoe Francis teams up with the great guitarist Jim Mullen and pianist Kate Williams for a Valentine’s night special! 

Zoe Francis – vocals. Jim Mullen – guitar, Kate Williams – piano, Alex Eberhard – drums, Marianne Windham – bass

Zoe FrancisZoe started singing jazz while living and working in New York, and soon became a regular fixture on the scene, often sitting in with the late Harry Whitaker and his trio at Arturo’s down in the Village as well as working with many other musicians including Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Joe Cohn and Chris Flory.

Her first album ‘Looking for a Boy’ was released to significant acclaim, while her second, ‘The Very Thought of You’, recorded live at the 606 in 2014, came out to similar plaudits. Both discs provide a great showcase for her beautiful voice as well as Zoe’s exquisite taste. Singing a really lovely selection of melodic standards (some well known, others less so), with a great sense of swing and natural ability, Zoe’s gigs are just terrific.

 ‘Something a bit special is going on when she takes the stage – a classy, poised singer who respects her material enough to deliver it straight and true’ LondonJazz News;

jim-mullenAppearing with Zoe this evening will be the multi-award winning Jim Mullen, widely regarded as one of the finest jazz guitarists in Europe. Jim’s career spans five decades and both sides of the Atlantic and he has worked with US musicians Mose Allison, Gene Harris, Teddy Edwards and UK artists Georgie Fame, Brian Auger, Claire Martin and of course Dick Morrissey in the Morrissey/Mullen Band.

We are also delighted to welcome the wonderful pianist Kate Williams and Alex Eberhard on drums, with Marianne Windham completing the lineup on bass .

Doors 7.30pm, Music 8pm Tickets £14 in advance (students £7) by contacting us to reserve tickets for payment on the door or online here (please note there’s a 10% booking fee for online bookings). Unreserved tickets £16 on the door.


Soulful, funky, blues-drenched jazz from US tenor saxophonist Dave Lewis and his Quartet.

Dave Lewis – tenor sax, Robin Aspland – piano, Frank Tontoh – drums, Marianne Windham – bass

Dave Lewis is an American saxophonist who is now resident in the UK. A consummate, passionate performer who is well respected in the fields of Jazz/Dance/Soul & Rock, Dave has toured and recorded throughout the States, Europe and Japan, and has made numerous TV, Radio and Video appearances.

Since living in the UK he’s worked with John Martyn, Bryan Ferry, Tommy Chase, John Mayall, Lamont Dozier and Eric Clapton amongst many others.

Dave’s playing is soulful and funky with a natural affinity to the Jazz/ R&B greats – such as Dexter Gordon, King Curtis & Joe Henderson. He is known for his distinctive tenor sound and individual approach.

Dave currently leads his band seven piece ’1UP’ as well as playing and recording with the Blockheads.

With Robin Aspland on piano. Robin has recorded and performed with many of the most famous UK and American singers including Curtis Steigers, Norma Winstone, Stacey Kent, Tina May, Claire Martin, Lee Gibson and Anita Wardell, toured with Van Morrison from 1994 to 1999 and has also performed with numerous great instrumentalists such as Arturo Sandoval, George Coleman, Peter King, Gary Meek and the John Dankworth and BBC big bands.

And on drums, Frank Tontoh. Frank has established himself as a major player, the list of bands and artist that he has appeared with over the years reading like a who’s who of contemporary music, including the likes of Craig David, Tanita Tikaram, Aztec Camera, Jason Donovan, Al Green, Level 42, George Michael, Gary Barlow, Paul Young, Des’ree, Lewis Taylor, Damage, Andrew Roachford, Mis-teeq and Gabrielle. He recorded and toured with the late Amy Winehouse (“Back to Black” tour) and to demonstrate his versatility and the respect with which his playing is held he has also worked with the likes of musicians such as Jack Bruce, Ernest Ranglin, Matt Bianco, Alex Wilson and Percy Sledge. You get the idea, he’s very good!

‘Joyous … buoyant rhythms … Tontoh’s sensitive drumming is full of delightful small details … consistently excellent’ The JazzMann 

Doors 7.30pm, Music 8pm Tickets £14 in advance (students £7) by contacting us to reserve tickets for payment on the door or online here (please note there’s a 10% booking fee for online bookings). Unreserved tickets £16 on the door.


A fantastic lineup for April’s jazz night, with a quintet featuring some of the top names in British Jazz!

Martin Shaw – trumpet and flugelhorn, Mark Nightingale – trombone, Dave Newton – piano, Sebastiaan de Krom – drums, Marianne Windham – bass

Martin Shaw

One of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, Martin Shaw is in demand for both live performances and studio dates and he has played and toured extensively in his own right as well as working with many leading jazz artists.

Along with session and T.V. work Martin still finds time to perform with classical ensembles and in West End shows, and he has also recorded and toured extensively with various pop artists including Sting, Jamiroquai, Natalie Cole, Jools Holland, Gorillaz, Paul Young and the Brand New Heavies.

Mark Nightingale 2Mark Nightingale

Mark is widely considered to be one of the finest Jazz trombonists in Europe. A world class player, he won the coveted Don Lusher award at the age of fifteen and after graduating from Trinity College in the late 80s he rapidly established himself as one the UK’s busiest studio musicians as well as a highly respected Jazz soloist.  Highly popular and much in demand, Mark has worked alongside someone of the world’s greatest jazz musicians and has won the British Jazz Awards several times.

David NewtonDave Newton

Voted “Best Jazz Pianist” in the British Jazz Awards at least 14 times, Dave Newton has an international reputation as a highly original, engaging artist with an instinctive rhythmic and melodic feel for jazz which has made him not only popular with his peers and audiences but also amongst vocalists as their favoured accompanist.  His early childhood influences of Peterson, Garner and Tatum are clearly evident in his playing with his naturally engaging ability for solo and trio playing and he has an ability to truly improvise and arrange on the spot, taking his listeners on a vivid musical journey.

Sebastiaan de Krom

Sebastiaan de Krom is one of the UK’s top jazz drummers. He studied at Berklee College of Music followed by a Masters Degree at New England Conservatory and in 1995 he won the prestigious Buddy Rich Award.  From 1997-1999 he was the drummer for the renowned Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Performance program, and during his international career he has worked and recorded with many of the world’s top jazz musicians and vocalists, including several years touring with Jamie Cullum.

Doors 7.30pm, Music 8pm Tickets £14 in advance (students £7) by contacting us to reserve tickets for payment on the door or online here (please note there’s a 10% booking fee for online bookings). Unreserved tickets £16 on the door.


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